Friday will be chilly but sunny with temperatures climbing into the upper 20s to low 30s. Clouds will increase Friday night as a new storm moves out of the Gulf of Mexico. The system will arrive on Saturday with a mix of snow, sleet and rain.
Timing: Snow will likely arrive early Saturday morning, mixing in with sleet. Then some areas south of Hartford will change over to rain as temperatures climb above freezing. The mixture will hold down accumulations along the shoreline. Towns north of I-84 will see the most snow accumulation where a mix is least likely. The storm ends Saturday night with a change to all snow statewide before precipitation moves out. Skies will slowly clear through the overnight hours and high pressure will build back. Sunday looks sunny, just in time to clean up the aftermath before Superbowl plans.
Impacts: This storm would normally be considered a “nuisance” event. But with snow and ice already piled high on the side of the road and in our backyard, cleanup will be more challenging than usual. Also, this storm will add between 0.5-0.75” of liquid which will add weight to the pre-existing snowpack. This will only add to the growing list of structural issues across the state.
Accumulations: Check back soon! I need to wait for one more model run tonight. I'll have it by 11 PM and post my thoughts ASAP. If .5"-.75" of liquid were all snow, that would be 5"-7.5" of snow so this is not a big snow storm. But as I explained above, the storm will still cause headaches because of the active season.